Broadway a Beautiful Cotswold Village
Our award winning self catering holiday cottages are located a few minutes walk from the centre of the village of Broadway. Our cottages are open all year round and offer 4 star rated accommodation for 2 - 4 guests.
Often referred to as the Jewel of the Cotswolds and the Show Village of England, Broadway lies at the foot of the Cotswold hills in the Cotswolds Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. The village is steeped in history with its origins dating back to Roman times. Broadway village and its surrounding areas are defined as a 'Conservation Area' highlighting the special architectural and historic interests associated with the village. The 'broad way' is the wide high street which is lined with horse chestnut trees and honey-coloured Cotswold limestone buildings, many, like the manor house where our cottages are located, dating back to the 16th century.
By the turn of the 17th century, Broadway had become a busy staging post en-route from Worcester to London as coaches had to harness extra horses for the long pull up Fish Hill. It was at this time that many inns and hostelries opened along the High Street, including the famous Lygon Arms.
The arrival of the London to Worcester railway bypassing the village, resulted in Broadway becoming a blissfully quiet place. This attracted artists and writers and in the 1880s enabled American artist Francis Millet to rent Farnham House and later Russell House where John Singer Sargent painted his iconic work Carnation, Lily, Lily, Rose during the summers of 1885 and 1886. Many more artists and writers, such as Sir J M Barrie, Henry James, Edwin Austin Abbey, Mary Anderson, Alfred Parsons (who lived at Luggershill), Frederick Barnard and Edward Elgar, 'The Broadway Colony’ of artists, all found inspiration from the natural beauty of the village and surrounding area. Biennially the Broadway Arts Festival celebrates Broadway's rich artistic heritage, the next Festival takes places from 30th May to 15th June 2014.
Today Broadway is a lively Cotswold village with a wide range of independently owned shops and designer boutiques, art galleries, restaurants and hotels. The village is an ideal ‘base’ for exploring other parts of the Cotswolds and surrounding area. Stratford-upon-Avon, Cheltenham Spa, Worcester, Oxford and Bath are all within easy access. But why not give your car a holiday whilst staying with us? There are plenty of places to visit and things to do within walking distance of our self catering holiday cottages see 'Have a Car Free Day'.
We have an abundance of information leaflets in our self catering holiday cottages detailing all you need to know about local attractions in Broadway and throughout the Cotswolds so that you can plan your next day's visits at leisure. Click here to see a list of suggested places to visit. If there's anything further you need that we don't have to hand, staff at the Broadway Tourist Information Centre in Russell Square are there to help.